See You In Court!

Keep calm and find an alternative method to settling legal disputes in Vietnam Dear Marijn, My name is Azad and I work for a Turkish manufacturing company. We’ve been operating in Vietnam since 2008 and throughout the years we’ve been involved in a few minor business disputes. Once, we even started court proceedings in Ho Chi

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Estate of Affairs

Navigating the pros and cons of investing in the real estate market Hi Sven, I’m a French citizen currently living in Ho Chi Minh City. I would like to invest in local assets. I’ve tried to open a stock trading account with a local brokerage but it seems like the stock market is extremely volatile, and

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Taxation Elimination

The European Union-Vietnam free trade agreement, what’s in it for me? Dear Marijn, I am an importer of dairy products from Europe. Initially, I focused on butter and buttermilk, but more recently I have started importing dairy spreads and blue-veined cheese as well. I saw an item on the television about a new free trade agreement between the European Union

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Houston, We Have A Problem

Comparing investment risks between here and abroad Dear Sven, What advice do you have for a Vietnamese/US dual citizen who wants to buy a house in the US instead of saving money in Vietnamese banks or investing in domestic assets in such unstable conditions? And what about renting the house while staying in Vietnam? I’m

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The Viet Kieu Treatment – Perks of having dual citizenship

Dear Marijn, I recently started working in Ho Chi Minh City as an architect. I have heard the term “Viet Kieus” used a lot but I don’t really know what it means exactly. I’ve also heard that they enjoy many benefits, for example with investment. Is that true? Even though the Vietnamese term is widely used in practice,

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Southeast Asian Integration

What to expect from ASEAN and the AEC? Dear Marijn, I’m a music teacher from Sweden and have been living in Vietnam for five years now. Lately I’ve been hearing a lot about the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC)—is this something like the EU of Asia? And does it mean that I

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It’s Permanent

Investing in a foreign country in exchange for citizenship Dear Sven, I am a 40-year-old South African who’s been working in Vietnam for the last three years. I have been an expat for the last 10 years and have around 40 percent of my wealth sitting in South Africa and the rest is held offshore.

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Own it

Reading the fine print on foreign ownership of real estate in Vietnam Dear Marijn, I hope you can shed some light on this. A few months ago, I found the apartment of my dreams in Nha Trang. I paid for it, moved in and went to the local notary office to get the paperwork sorted.

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Vroom Vroom

Hit the brakes, sir. Is that cash or credit for the car? Dear Sven, I’m American and my wife is Vietnamese. We’ve decided to buy a car. I’ve never purchased a new one in Asia. We definitely want to buy new. We’re considering getting a loan from a bank. Which banks would be able to

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Crowd-Pleaser

The ups and downs of crowdfunding in Vietnam Despite popular belief, crowdfunding is not a modern financial model. In 1850 Auguste Comte created a scheme to issue notes for the public support of his further work as a philosopher. The Premiere Circulaire Annuelle adressée par l’auteur du Systeme de Philosophie Positive was published on March

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